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Title Genre Difficulty

Cruisin Chitlins with Kenny, Part 2

Jazz Intermediate

Drop D Funk

Funk / R&B Intermediate

Leo Nocentelli, R&B/funk guitar master of The Meters, brings you this week's fat guitar lick. Nocentelli's groove is based around a drop D tuning. The repeating four-measure pattern works great over a D7#9 or a simple D minor chord.

Drop Tunings

Metal / Shred Intermediate

E augmented

Jazz Intermediate

When you take a major triad and raise the fifth (unlike "raising the roof" or "taking the 5th"…), you get an augmented chord.

E Harmonic Minor Speed Riff

Metal / Shred Advanced

This riff is played with slurs at top speed. This should give you a good idea of the speed you need to work up to in these lessons.

Essential Guitar

Lesson Beginner

Combining Whole Tone and Diminished Scales, Part Two

Essential Guitar - Column 1

Blues Beginner

The CAGED System is a useful method for organizing material on the guitar. It is based on five essential chord forms. Each is named for a specific open chord on the fingerboard: C, A, G, E and D.

Essential Guitar - Column 11

Jazz Intermediate

A look at some of the most practical applications of the diminished scale in guitar playing and improvisation.

Essential Guitar - Column 2

Blues Intermediate

Let's continue with the next letter of the CAGED system, A. An open A major chord is commonly found in the first position on the fingerboard and can be seen as a shape that lines up the fretted notes E, A and C# as a barre on the fourth, third and second strings.

Essential Guitar - Column 3


Let's plunge right in with the next letter of the CAGED system: G. An open G major chord is commonly found in the first position on the fingerboard as a form that contains all six strings.

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